Lord of All Nations

Seeing God's judgment, Judah and Jerusalam should have turned to him. But...

Prophecies against the Nations: Isaiah 13-23 (7)

Pray Psalm 81.1, 2.
Sing aloud to God our strength;
Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob.
Raise a song and strike the timbrel,
The pleasant harp with the lute.

Review Isaiah chapters 13-23.

Reflect.
1. Why are the judgments of God, described in these chapters, just?

2. How does Isaiah point forward to God’s promise of restoration?

Meditate.
In Part 3 of our study of the book of Isaiah, God shows clearly that He is Lord of all nations. Armies and empires can seem strong and invincible, but they cannot stand against the judgment of God. He uses even His enemies to accomplish His good purposes. Even the mightiest kings and unholy spiritual princes are subject to His power and justice.

And the people to whom Isaiah was sent, the people of Judah and Jerusalem, would live to see God’s Word coming true, right before their eyes. This should have provided a powerful incentive to repent and return to the Lord, but the hardness of men’s hearts can resist even the most dire and fearsome judgments of God (cf. Rev. 16.8-11).

The promise that God would not abandon His people, but would return to renew and restore them, blinks like a lighthouse beacon throughout this section. God’s grace continues to His chosen ones, even though they may have to pass through deep waters and know the boot heels of their foes at times (cf. Ps. 66.5-12).

A day of mercy is coming (14.1). David’s Descendant is coming to rule in truth, justice, and righteousness (16.5). The blessing of God is coming even to the enemies of His people, when they all begin to swear by the Name of the Lord (19.18) and join as one on His Highway (19.23-25). An eternal High Priest and Ruler will bring glory and prosperity to His people (22.20-25). As Judah and Jerusalem saw the power of God casting down the nations of the earth, they should have been moved to turn to Him with incessant pleadings (Is. 62.6, 7), that He would wield His power for their restoration, that His people might be a source of praise in all the earth.

Do we see God at work in our world, bringing His promised judgment against those who reject Him (Rom. 1.18-32)? Do we believe the promises of the Lord that, in the last days, He will raise up His Church as a sign and outpost of His Kingdom (Is. 2.1-4)? Then we must be careful to repent of all our sins, seek the Lord’s way and walk in it, and plead, plead, plead with Him for revival, renewal, awakening, and restoration in our world.

Prepare.
1. What is the primary message of Isaiah 13-23 to you? What does God require of you?

2. Why does God judge the sins of the world? How does He judge them in our day?

3. What promises of revival, renewal, awakening, and restoration do you appeal to before the Lord each day?

Truly his will shall be fulfilled swiftly and suddenly, as the Scripture testifies. Clement of Rome (fl. 92-101 AD), 1 Clement 23

Lord, bring revival to my soul, renewal to our churches, awakening to the lost, and restoration of your goodness throughout the earth; and help me today, in all these ways, to…

Pray Psalm 81.

This psalm calls us to praise and proclaim the Lord, and to make sure we are not compromising with the world in any way. It offers a sweet hope of renewal for all who will listen to the Lord and walk accordingly. Use it to commit yourself to Him today.

Sing to the Lord.
Psalm 81 (St. Petersburg: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less)
O sing for joy to Jesus our strength; to Jacob’s great God shout joyfully at length! 
And strike the drum, and offer a song; all instruments, your glad music prolong. 
“O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!” 

Let every kind of instrument play to celebrate God’s deliverance today. 
It is His statute and His command to worship and praise all over the land. 
“O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!”

Declare His mercy, tell of His grace; our enemies flee the look of His face. 
In mighty deeds strong witness He gave, and powerf’ly did His chosen ones save.
“O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!” 

God set us free from bondage to sin and graciously brought us near Him again; 
He rescued us whenever we cried and often our falt’ring confidence tried: 
“O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!” 

“Let no false gods among you be found; but scatter their altars over the ground. 
Pursue not wealth, nor leisure nor fame, but worship the Savior’s glorious Name: 
O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!” 

For You are God, Your Name is the Lord, who faithfully keeps His covenant  Word, 
Who rescued us from bondage and pride; our mouths He would fill, we open them wide. 
“O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!” 

“My people would not listen to Me, but hardened their hearts most hideously; 
I cursed them for their hard-hearted ways to wander in darkness all of their days: 
O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!”

Now let us all abandon our ways and listen to God, and offer Him praise! 
Our foes He will so quickly subdue, extending His hand to save and renew. 
“O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!” 

Then even those despising the Lord would falsely obey and follow His Word; 
In vain they seem to follow His way, yet judgment awaits on God’s chosen day. 
“O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!’

The finest foods for us He will buy, and furnish us an abundant supply; 
How sweet our lives can be in the Lord, when only we heed His glorious Word. 
“O Israel, hear, admonished now be; My people, repent, return to Me!”

T. M. Moore

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All psalms for singing adapted from The Ailbe Psalter. All quotations from Church Fathers from Ancient Christian Commentary Series, General Editor Thomas C. Oden (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006).All psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter (available by clicking here).

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT. 

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